The answer is simple ...
ArtResin is made for artists, by artists. It was designed specifically to meet the needs of creative applications by prioritizing 2 key benefits:
1) to offer longterm clarity and superior protection against UV yellowing
2) to protect artists' health with a resin that's non-toxic when used as directed
Here's Rebecca to explain ....
1) UV Protection:
We loved the look of resin but quickly found that even the best epoxy resins on the market were turning our artwork yellow. How frustrating! So, we decided to create our own ....
Our goal was to create an epoxy resin that stayed clear for the longterm.
First, we started with the ingredients. ArtResin is a pure formula, using only the highest grade raw materials that are tested for purity before introducing them into a batch of product. Doing so allows us to achieve exceptionally clear ( i.e. as clear as water ) resin and hardener from the outset.
Additionally, we utilized a proprietary blend of light stabilizing additives in our ArtResin formula to maintain its unparalleled clarity and to protect against other problems that epoxy resin can be prone to ( such as delamination, chalking, cracking and gloss loss. )
Because a simple UV stabilizer alone will not ameliorate yellowing however, we included an additive called Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer (HALS), in order to combat yellowing. Unlike UV light stabilizers that merely delay yellowing by 6 months to a year under normal conditions, HALS are extraordinarily effective against UV damage, actually diminishing the yellowing process at the outset thus making it much more difficult for yellowing to occur. Read more about HALS in our blog How Is ArtResin Better In Terms Of Yellowing?
Third party lab tests confirm ArtResin's unparalleled clarity and longevity:
A note about Silicone Oil:
Many artists love using silicone oil in their resin to make flow art to create random cells and shapes across their artwork. The results are beautiful, yes, but be aware that silicone oil will yellow your resin over time. If you notice strange yellowing in your silicone resin art, it's likely that the silicone is the cause. Read more about silicone and resin in our blog What Does Silicone Do To Resin?
Not only do most epoxy resins have harmful effects on your artwork but they have harmful effects on your health too. Why? Again, it comes back to the ingredients. Because the raw materials used to manufacture epoxy resin are expensive, many companies add cheap fillers to stretch these ingredients out and drive the cost down. These cheap ( and toxic ) additives are non-reactive, meaning that while every other ingredient reacts with one another when the resin catalyzes, these fillers have nowhere to go ... nowhere, that is, except into the air in the form of noxious fumes and VOCs that are nasty for your respiratory system, nasty for your health and nasty for your kids, pets and anyone else you share your workspace with.
Our goal was to make an epoxy resin that was safe for artists to use at home or in the studio.
ArtResin has no cheap fillers and no solvents and is non-toxic when used as directed. Ours is a complete system, meaning everything in the formula reacts and bonds together, leaving nothing that can become airborne and be breathed in. Cheap fillers can also cause shrinkage in the cured resin - this is not an issue with ArtResin. It's also non-flammable in its liquid form and has a low odor. ArtResin has also been recognized by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as meeting safety standard
D-4236: Safe for Home Use ( when used as directed in a well-ventilated area. ) If the resin you're using doesn't say "conforms to ASTM D-4236", then chances are it poses some serious health risks. See our SDS for more information and read more about our ASTM certification in our blog ArtResin Is Safe For Home Use.
ArtResin does not contain solvents, but artists often add solvents as in the case of alcohol ink. Alcohol ink art is colourful and stunning and for the most part, using it to create resin jewellery, petri dishes, or covering alcohol ink on Yupo paper with ArtResin is absolutely fine! Be aware, however, that adding large amounts of alcohol ink to resin can compromise ArtResin's non-toxicity and non-flammability. Read more about this in our blog How Is ArtResin Non-Toxic? When Is It NOT Non-Toxic?
A note about Alcohol Ink:
Once we developed a resin perfect enough to use on our own artwork, we couldn't wait to share it with our fellow artists! Since then, ArtResin has helped artists, photographers, and crafters all around the world get creative ... safely.
We are so proud of ArtResin's proprietary formula and that it does exactly what it says: it's an easy-to-use clear coat that accentuates artwork of all kinds by providing a glossy sheen and making colors POP!
We hope that this information gives you the comfort and the confidence to know that ArtResin will protect both your artwork and your health for the longterm!